Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir by Jake Shears

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Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir Read Online Free - “Wow! So brutally honest and such a really addictive read.” —Elton John

“One courageous joyride of a memoir. It should be illegal for rock stars to write so beautifully.” —Armistead Maupin

“A wild, sexy, emotional ride through underground New York at the millennium…a tale that speaks to the outsider in all of us.” —Andy Cohen

In this deeply affecting memoir, one of rock music’s most entrancing figures transforms the vividness of his musical world into an unforgettable literary account of overcoming odds and finding his true voice.

Long before hitting the stage as the lead singer of the iconic glam rock band Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears was Jason Sellards, a teenage boy living a fraught life, resulting in a confusing and confining time in high school as his classmates bullied him and few teachers showed sympathy.

It wasn’t until years later, while living and studying in New York City, that Jason would find his voice as an artist and, with a group of friends and musicians who were also thirsting for stardom and freedom, form the band Scissor Sisters. First performing in the smoky gay nightclubs of New York, then finding massive success in the United Kingdom, Scissor Sisters would become revered by the LGBTQ community, sell out venues worldwide, and win multiple accolades with hits like “Take Your Mama” and “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” as well as their cult-favorite cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.”

Candid and courageous, Shears’s writing sings with the same powerful, spirited presence that he brings to his live performances. Following a misfit boy’s development into a dazzling rock star, Boys Keep Swinging is a raucously entertaining memoir that will be an inspiration to anyone with determination and a dream.

Title : Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir
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ISBN : 1501140124
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Larry rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2017

I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up. "Writing about your life is panning your imagination for shiny bits. Much memory is grimy and covered with fuzz, like a component of some unknown thing that was left under your couch for years, attracting dust bunnies. When you find it, you're unsure...

Jennifer rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 12, 2017

I am surprised this book wasn’t heavier with all the names he dropped.

Elissa rated it ★★★☆☆

January 07, 2018

I'm not a stranger to celebrity memoirs, especially musician's memoirs. (For some reason, I find musicians more interesting than actors, and have read a fair number of memoirs by artists I know peripherally: Jewel, Keith Richards, Posh Spice.) So when the opportunity came up for me to read Jake S...

Doug rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2017

4.5, rounded up. This is a surprising book in many ways, not the least of which it isn't just the usual lame rock star autobiography - and Shears can really write. Given that he studied creative writing in college (he 'graduated', but never got his degree because he failed to turn in his final no...

The Novel Approach rated it ★★★★★

February 23, 2018

“I knew in my heart that we were losing our lives as we knew them, but I also knew that the trade-off was going to be a singular experience that few people get.” – Jake Shears Before there was Jake Shears and Scissor Sisters and kikis to be having, there was Jason Sellards, a self-professed born s...

Constantine rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2017

Rating: 4.0/5.0 This memoir was very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Jake Shears have had his ups and downs, success and setbacks but he remains the guy who recovers from those setbacks. In this memoir, he tells us about his life from childhood to adolescent. His sexuality and how h...

Patricia rated it ★★★☆☆

January 20, 2018

In his memoir, Jake takes us from his childhood in Arizona and the Pacific Northwest, and in neither place did he fit in. He was too flamboyant, too out there, just too over the top. But he didn't know how to be anything other than what he was. Gay, in a time and place that could get you ostraciz...

Christopher rated it ★★★★★

February 26, 2018


Christina rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 21, 2018

End at first few pages. Not my style of reading and refused to continue.

Alex rated it ★★★☆☆

February 20, 2018

A memoir from the lead singer of the Scissor Sisters, this book is part queer coming of age story and part rock band come up story. It's painted with a cast of memorable characters from coastal art and party scenes and household music industry names. Most name dropped: Elton John. The book is una...

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